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Apprenticeships Announced During State Officials’ Campus Visit

Penn College was presented with a Certificate of Registration on Friday for new apprentice training programs in mechatronics and CNC. From left are Eric Ramsay, director, Apprenticeship and Training Office, Department of Labor & Industry; Eileen Cipriani, deputy secretary for workforce development, Labor & Industry; Shannon Munro (holding National Apprenticeship Week proclamation), vice president for workforce development at Penn College; Christopher Ray (holding certificate), the college's executive director of business development; John Paul, business engagement coordinator, Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corp.; Sara Gligora, Ramsay's executive assistant; and James Chiarchiaro, Keystone Development Partnership.

With the help of Jacob M. Endy, of Pottstown, a sophomore in mechatronics engineering technology, Cipriani measures rotation speed.

Jason P. Allen, of Cogan Station, a sophomore in mechatronics engineering technology, shows the guests an infared thermal imager used to measure heat on a motor to detect a problem.

As Pennsylvania marks National Apprenticeship Week, the commonwealth’s deputy secretary for workforce development announced mechatronics technician and CNC operator apprenticeships during a visit to Penn College on Friday. “The Wolf administration supports the growth and expansion of apprenticeship programs as a viable way to develop a pool of high-skilled, qualified talent for employers,” Eileen Cipriani said at an afternoon gathering in the college’s Center for Business & Workforce Development. “Creating new apprenticeship programs … not only helps meet regional employment needs, but provides job seekers with valuable hands-on training that leads to family-sustaining jobs.” Watch PCToday for more on the new apprenticeships.

Published November 17, 2017 | Posted in Announcements, Automated Manufacturing & Machining, Electrical, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Workforce Development & Continuing Education | Leave a comment

Penn College Basketball Teams Ranked 13th

Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams opened their seasons last week going a combined 1-5, all in non-conference games, and in a preseason poll of North Eastern Athletic Conference coaches both teams were ranked 13th. Conference play begins Nov. 29.

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Common Goals Affirmed for College’s K-12 Partners

K-12 educators gain appreciation of their collaborative role in preparing students for higher education and the rewarding careers beyond.Pennsylvania College of Technology hosted nearly 100 K-12 educators Friday to talk about technology education, the skills gap in the U.S. workforce and how they can work together to help students transition from high school to college.

The educators – many of whom are school counselors and administrators – traveled from as far away as Erie, Pittsburgh and Chester County.

“We have a dual purpose of introducing educators to our campus and programs and helping them understand the importance of applied technology,” said Tanya Berfield, manager of college transitions at Penn College. “We want to help fill the gaps in administrative professional development and hit the hot topics that are important in their world.”

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Penn College’s Fall Food Show Slated for Dec. 1

A dessert prepared by R. Colby Janowitz received first prize in its category at Penn College’s Spring 2017 Food Show. Students will again display their works for the public at the Fall 2017 Food Show on Dec. 1 in the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center.

Feast your eyes on the artistic final projects of students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s baking and pastry and culinary arts majors on Dec. 1 at the college’s Fall Food Show.

The event, open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center, will feature a display of eye-pleasing, student-made desserts, hors d’oeuvre trays, chocolate sculptures and more, along with interactive tastings through 1 p.m.

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Reception Officially Opens Engaging, Evocative Gallery Exhibit

Entering “The Spaces Between”

“Rabbit Dreams” explores a tale of Johnson’s son and a bunny.

A large crowd listens intently as the artist speaks.

Johnson discusses artistic endeavors, including manipulating light.

A student, attending the event for a class, leans into contemplation and note taking.

The Gallery at Penn College filled with about 100 eager art enthusiasts Thursday night for the Meet the Artist Reception for “The Spaces Between.” Artist Melanie Johnson traveled from the Kansas City, Missouri, area to discuss her creative process and offer insights into the psychological narratives and personal iconography she explores in her work. Johnson’s large-scale figurative drawings and paintings – created not in a studio, but outdoors – attempt to engage viewers in “unflinchingly candid” representations of everyday moments, conversations and tales. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 7.  The Gallery at Penn College is open 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. It is closed on Saturdays and Mondays, and will be closed Nov. 22-26.

Creative Craftsfolk Flock to College Warehouse for Holiday Tradition

The Physician Assistant Club charts the medical history of a holiday humbug with a "heart 3 x too small."

A member of the Penn College Diesel Club details the group's "Coal for Christmas" entry.

Paint cans + foam cups = a portable palette

Collision repair and automotive restoration students put their detail-oriented talents to work in another venue.

The Penn College Motorsports Association incorporates its organizational logo into this year's holiday card.

Wednesday’s card-decorating blowout in the General Services warehouse along Reach Road produced another assortment of holiday greetings from Penn College offices and student organizations. The 32-square-foot wooden cards will be installed Tuesday on the lawn between the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center and the Thompson Professional Development Center, and will be lighted at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29. Prizes will be awarded by the Student Activities Office to the top three entries in each of the two categories.
Photos by James “J.J.” Boettcher, student photographer

‘Open Floor’ Helps Students Traverse Conversational Minefield

John D. Maize, instructor of speech communication/composition, focuses on finding common ground among the people with whom we communicate ...

... and Craig A. Miller, associate professor of history/political science, encourages empathy and understanding in assessing others' differences of opinion.

Attentive students add to their intellectual toolbox before breaking into one-on-one to practice what they've learned.

With the event organizer visible at left background, aviation students Kerry K. Loeb (left), of Glen Mills, and Samuel J. Pham, of Camp Hill – another of the Penn College's CPEs – turn a discussion prompt into meaningful interaction.

“The Open Floor,” planned by Community Peer Educator Tia G. La to foster respectful discussion – even when parties’ opinions diverge – was held this week in the Thompson Professional Development Center. Two Penn College faculty members began Tuesday’s event with a half-hour primer on open communication, then students were paired in a “speed round” of conversations addressing such contentious topics as the Confederate flag, all-gender restrooms and immigration. “The ultimate goal of the event is to empower students and equip them with some of the skills they need in order to make the connections that are so necessary for creating an intellectually diverse and open campus,” said La, a pre-physician assistant major from Guam and a CPE in the diversity and campus/community engagement core group. “This event really targets the heart of what we’re trying to do: encourage students to become more well-rounded individuals, promote the college as a place for personal growth, and get students talking and interacting with one another.” The evening concluded with a debriefing, in which students reflected on how intimidating some conversations can be … and shared their triumphs and revelations in persevering through the difficulties.
– Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Magazine Touts PIRC’s Contribution to Statewide Workforce

Penn College’s renowned Plastics Innovation & Resource Center, which incorporates hands-on learning across the industry’s varied production processes, is featured in the online Keystone Edge magazine. The article by news editor Elise Vider – headlined “At Penn College, Plastics Provide a Path to Success” – includes a Q&A with Shannon Munro, vice president for workforce development.

Faculty Member’s Baseball Research Published in Economics Journal

Chip D. Baumgardner

Recent research by a Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member shows the importance of non-game entertainment in drawing fans to minor league baseball games.

The findings, published in Volume 23, No. 2 of the Pennsylvania Economic Review, were the result of six years of research by Chip D. Baumgardner, associate professor of business administration/management at Penn College, and Michael J. Gallagher, of DeSales University. Their article is titled “State College Spikes: Examining the Promotion of Minor League Baseball.”

“At one point in time, little supplementary activity was designed to augment the game as a way to entertain fans,” they wrote. “Today it is common to see a myriad of events occurring throughout the course of the baseball game.”

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Grads-to-Be Keep Calm, Take Care of Business

Ready to put their nursing degrees to work are (from left) Alayna R. Bertothy, of Philipsburg; Danielle N. Dent, of Bloomsburg; Francesca B. Monse, of Selinsgrove; and Luke M. Spang, of Palmyra.

One month from their procession from students to alumni, December's commencement candidates line up in The College Store.

Wildcat outfielder Dylan M. Scaringi (left), of Coatesville, and teammate Evan A Vigna, a first baseman from McAdoo, get a pre-commencement boost from a familiar friend.

Tassels – with no hassles! – await soon-to-be-grads.

Nicholas Brock Santalucia, a health information management major from Williamsport, picks up his academic regalia – and earns an endorsement from the college mascot.

The College Store was filled with imminent alumni on Tuesday afternoon as it hosted a Grad Finale for students who have petitioned to walk across the Community Arts Center stage on Dec. 16. Commencement tickets, caps and gowns, and “all the information you need to enter the world after graduation” were conveniently available under one roof.
– Photos by Rachel A. Eirmann, student photographer

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Ski/Snowboard Club Shares Notes From the Underground

Standing (from left): Matthew E. Varmecky, Harrisburg; Gabriel J. Perl, Central City; Timothy J. Alexander, Saline, Mich.; Brett A. Faiola, Murrysville; Kyle B. Schimmel, York; Gregory G. Dorsch, Mount Airy, Md.; and Zachary T. Wolpert, Tafton. Kneeling: Emily R. Sillaman (left), Mount Joy; and Alexandra D. Petrizzi, Langhorne.

Club members prowl Alexander Caverns by foot ...

... and paddle into other areas of natural wonders.

Nine members of the Penn College Ski and Snowboard Club embarked on a caving excursion 162 feet below ground level on Saturday. The students explored Alexander Caverns, about an hour and 15 minutes away on a secluded farm near State College. The Mifflin County site is off-limits to the general public, however, club adviser Sara M. Bidlespacher was able to gain special access to the cave. Alexander’s formation dates back millions of years, and it is filled with bats, mud and beautiful stalactites that drape down from the ceiling. The cave is pitch-black, and a helmet with a head lamp is the only thing that will guide explorers through the damp darkness. Creeping around corners and crawling through narrow tunnels, visitors eventually came across a stream that flows and winds through the cave. To access the rest of the cave, old, battered boats awaited at the water’s edge. As the group paddled through the cold water, more breathtaking rock formations and stalactites could be observed. The travelers docked at a few locations, where more narrow passages and formations greeted them. By the end of the expedition, each student was covered in mud, making a day full of memories that much more memorable. The club’s mission is to bring together those who share an interest in hitting the slopes or enjoying other activities such as hiking, kayaking and spelunking. Students interested in outdoor adventures should contact the Ski and Snowboard Club by email.
Summary and photos provided by Matthew E. Varmecky, club president

Employer Schedules Information Session

D.G. Yuengling & Sons, “America’s oldest brewery,” will hold an on-campus information session at 2 p.m. Monday in Room 127 of the Electrical Technologies Center, hoping to interest students and alumni in maintenance electrician and mechanic positions. For more, consult the Career Services flyer: Yuengling

Hundreds Enjoy Dining Services’ Sumptuous Spread

Friends break bread, before breaking ranks for a holiday at home.

Dining Services workers Sara B. Bernier (left) and Alanna J. Winner add their trademark smiles to customer service.

Laura M. Machak, college transitions specialist, brings along some young muscle to cart the carryout.

Among the night's patrons are pre-nursing students Donna M. Rania (left), of Coal Township, and Megan E. Grinaway, of Shamokin.

Nearly 400 students and employees were served at Dining Services’ fourth annual Thanksgiving Dinner, held Tuesday evening in the Keystone Dining Room. The family-friendly meal (available for dining in or takeout) included turkey, filling, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and a dessert table.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Greeks Honor Military Service in Local Veterans Day Parade

Phi Mu Delta brothers fill a float during Saturday's Veterans Day Parade ...

... hanging banners that collegially represent all of Greek Life on campus.

Penn College’s Phi Mu Delta fraternity participated in Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade in South Williamsport, honoring the nation’s military personnel past and present. More than 25 participants from the chapter spent the afternoon handing out candy and beads, spreading cheer and singing songs from their homemade float on a General Services-provided trailer. With help from Andrea L. Mull, horticulturist/grounds and motorpool supervisor, Phi Mu Delta was able to fashion a parade entry showing their support for servicemen and women, as well as representing Greek Life at Penn College. “Andrea was a huge help and a pleasure to work with throughout the process of getting the trailer for the float we made,” said Jacob M. Pusateri, of Port Matilda, a pre-nursing major and service chair for Phi Mu Delta. “Without her help, the parade would not have been as much of a success for Greek Life as it was. We thank her dearly and will definitely look forward to working with her in the future.”
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